Alexander M. Blanton
Alex joined Clear Harbor Asset Management in January 2011 as a Senior Analyst. Prior to joining Clear Harbor, Alex spent 44 years covering industrial and manufacturing companies for four different investment banking firms. Alex is a specialist in Lean manufacturing, is a member of the Lean Enterprise Institute, and for more than two decades has used a company's progress in applying Lean practices as an important variable in evaluating a company's investment worth.
At Ingalls & Snyder LLC, which he joined in 1991, and where he was a Senior Vice President, Alex followed machinery and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies. While there, Alex was named by The Financial Times/StarMine Awards as one of the Top Ten Stock Pickers of 2009 among all U.S. brokerage house analysts in all industries and by Forbes Magazine as the Number One Stock Picker in the Machinery industry for 2005. Before that, he was often ranked among the Best on the Street in the Machinery industry by The Wall Street Journal.
Prior to joining Ingalls & Snyder, Alex spent 18 years as Merrill Lynch's Senior Machinery Analyst, where he headed a 4-person team covering some 50 capital goods companies and where he was consistently named to Institutional Investor Magazine's All-America Research Team. He was top-ranked in Machinery in their annual poll of institutional investors for several years. Before that, Alex followed industrial companies for Cogan, Berlind, Weill & Levitt and for Kidder, Peabody & Co. He joined Kidder in 1967, after three years as a Consultant for a large general management consulting firm.
Alex received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Washington in 1959, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering scholastic honorary. After three year's service as First U.S. Army's Special Weapons Officer at First Army Headquarters on Governors Island, NYC, he earned an MBA from The Harvard Business School in 1964.